Who Is Taraba State Deputy Governor ?

In Taraba, Microsoft certified system Engineer is Ishaku’s deputy
At 42, the deputy governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Haruna Manu is about the youngest person to occupy such position in the state.
He is a graduate of Business Administration at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a holder of master’s degree in Electronic Commerce from the prestigious Graduate School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University in the United States of America.
He is also a Microsoft certified system Engineer. Alhaji Manu was born in Mutum- Biyu, the headquarters of Gassol LGA in 1973.
Prior to his political career, Alhaji Manu is better known in the private sector as he is an accomplished international and local business man.
He spent many years in the United states of America where he established chain of business, mostly in wireless and satellite communication before returning to Nigeria.
Back in Nigeria, he worked at the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) as well as MTN Nigeria communication Limited.
Manu later established soft link communication firm which audits and manages salary payment system of many private companies and state governments.
The soft link was engaged by Taraba State government to audit and manage salary system of civil servants. Millions of Naira was recovered through the audit.
Satisfied with the performance of Manu’s firm, the former governor of Taraba state, Danbaba Suntai developed interest in him. He encouraged him to join politics. It was in the strength of this relationship with the former governor that Haruna Manu  opted for politics.
In late 2010, Manu joined the PDP and contested for the Gassolali Federal Constituency seat of National Assembly and won.
He was the deputy chairman, House committee on Banking and Currency and member of various committees in the House of Representatives.
Having served his constituency while in the National Assembly, Manu became one of the leading young politicians not only in the Taraba central zone but also in the state.
His performance, it was gathered, was responsible for the decision to choose him as the running mate to Governor Darius Ishaku on the platform of the PDP in the 2015 general elections.
His press secretary, Mallam Lawal Sani Kona, told Daily Trust on Sunday that there was a cordial working relationship between the deputy governor and his boss, Governor Ishaku.
The press secretary said the deputy governor was given a number of positions to handle, including the chairman , State Boundary Commission, the chairman, State Emergency Management Agency as well as the coordinator, Special Project on Cocoa Production.
“My boss’ deepness in international and local business is of benefit to the state which is struggling to survive the current economic down turn,” the press secretary stressed.‎
Alhaji Manu is married with children.

- Daily Trust 

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